I am a fermentista, traditional foodie, and health educator. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Communications, from California State University, Bakersfield in 2006. I then found my way to nutrition and health and earned my certification as an Integrative Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2014, followed by certification as a Nutritional Therapist from the Health Sciences Academy that same year. Currently I am earning my Master’s degree in Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University.
In 2014, I founded Real Simple Health with the aim of sharing this knowledge of health and nutrition and set out to empower as many people as I can by teaching them that their health was something they could actively affect. Through public speaking, my website, social media, and personal coaching, I sift through the overwhelming amount of often conflicting information regarding nutrition and health to provide my clients and readers clear, simple information they can turn into achievable action steps. I am working on completing our first publication, a children’s book on traditional foods.
I am a chef, health educator, fermentista, and admitted food nerd!
After 9 years in the Navy traveling and eating around the world, I completed a BS in Health and Wellness from Kaplan University, followed by an AA in Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach and Integrative Health Coach certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Now I'm finishing a MS in Integrative Nutrition and Community Health Education along with a certificate in Herbal Studies from Maryland University of Integrative Health.
I've been around farming, gardening, cooking, canning and food preservation all throughout my life and finally fermentation more recently. I love all of the aspects from environmental and health aspects of farming, to all the creative, delicious ways you can get that food on your plate, to the science of what those foods tell your body. I founded Cooking Up Your Best Life in 2014, doing private and group health and nutrition coaching, cooking classes and food tours. Through public speaking, classes and events all throughout the community, as well as my website and social media, my goal is to empower people to create and live their best life.
We met through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and soon discovered that we were both drawn to traditional diets and ancestral wisdom. We also quickly learned that we share a love for the science and art of fermentation!
That shared passion soon became more than a hobby and joined forces to create Cultural Revivalists. The mission of Cultural Revivalists is to “bring back the traditional cultures of traditional cultures”. Through it we reconnect people to their food, environment, cultures, and communities by getting them connected to their food.
We teach people the art of cooking real food and, most importantly, fermentation. To do this, we are creating a children's book series, cooking and fermentation videos, a YouTube channel, and online courses through various platforms.
When not teaching workshops on things like kombucha or preaching the importance of a diverse microbiome, we can be found traveling the globe (or at least the country), out in the Shenandoah National Forest hiking and camping, spending time with friends and family, or doing that endless graduate school homework!